Good news! IsiZulu teachers in demand in the United States. Here’s how to apply!


There are so many South Africans who dream of going to the United States – here is an opportunity for you to visit North America.

The United States has appealed to South Africans to teach isiZulu at their universities under the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program.

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They are specifically looking for South Africans who speak isiZulu but who are also fluent in English to teach at a US university for a full academic year. This is between August 2022 and May 2023. This is part of the Fulbright South Africa FLTA program which opened for applications on November 5th.

These Fulbright FLTA participants will teach up to 20 hours of language classes per week and must enroll in at least two courses per semester, one of which must be in American Studies.

They will also be required to host cultural events, language clubs, language tables and interact with their host communities through conversation groups, extracurricular activities and community outreach projects.

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Doesn’t this seem like the perfect opportunity for our Sky Tshabalala who teaches on ‘Khuluma Nathi’ to come to the United States?

If you haven’t heard him teach us a thing or two, listen here:

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Here are some of the criteria needed to apply:

  1. You must be a citizen of South Arica and be fluent in isiZulu, while proficient in written and spoken English.
  2. Applicants must be qualified secondary school teachers with no more than seven years experience teaching English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), isiZulu, American Studies, journalism and media, literature or a related field.
  3. Applicants will need to create an account with a username and password. Registration also requires personal information, such as the applicant’s first and last name, email address, and date of birth. Once the account is created, an email from [email protected], confirming that the application process has started, will be sent to the applicant’s address.

Potential applicants are advised to contact the Fulbright program office in South Africa to ensure requirements and eligibility before applying. Queries can be sent by email to [email protected] and [email protected], or deposited with the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.

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Fortunately, applicants do not need to complete the application all at once. You can re-enter at any time to change the request, but once submitted no changes can be made.

Applications must be made online, through the registration portal of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE).

The latest Fulbright FLTA program focuses on isiZulu teachers who have until December 15 to apply.

So why not make your American dreams come true?

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